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Dale Anderson

Dale Anderson has been a Buffalo News staff reporter since 1968. He was the chief rock and pop writer for 20 years and helped establish the weekend entertainment magazine Gusto. Original manager of singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco -- first four years, first five CDs, set up the independent thing. He is also a competitive duplicate bridge player since 2005 and is currently a Ruby Life Master.


The U.S. Postal Inspection Service plans an inquiry into the Toys for Tots Foundation, an Amherst-based organization that assists the annual Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots drive, after it was discovered that nearly $10 million in donations has been spent in starting a direct-mail campaign.A spokesman said the foundation was caught between the high costs of the direct…

Taking 3 1/2 -year-old Elisabeth Rose Broderick to a foster home on the day of her mother's funeral was an "outrageous and unconscionable act," says a psychiatrist who has been providing counsel in the long-running battle concerning custody of the girl.Dr. Warren D. Keller of East Amherst expressed his concerns about the case this week in a letter to Cattaraugus County Jud…

Tops Markets customers will be flying to Florida on their holiday discount tickets after all.The supermarket chain announced Thursday that it has arranged for American Airlines charter service to handle passengers booked through another charter airline, which backed out of its flight commitments earlier this month.Ticket holders who call and confirm their flight arrangeme…

Hours after her mother's funeral Tuesday, Elizabeth Rose Broderick, 3 1/2 , was in her City of Tonawanda home watching cartoons on television with the man serving as her guardian when there was a knock at the door.Moments later, the little girl, with only a coat and the clothes on her back, was taken away by officials of Erie County Child Protective Services. They then…

Roving lake-effect squalls buried parts of Western New York in eight to nine inches of snow Monday, bringing morning rush-hour traffic to a crawl, causing scores of minor auto accidents and forcing scattered cancellations.Hardest hit was a corridor from Hamburg to the southern part of the Town of Lancaster, through Orchard Park and Elma, where eight to nine inches of snow…

Six people from Buffalo and Niagara Falls have been indicted on charges of food-stamp fraud for allegedly exchanging food stamp coupons for a lesser value of cash at the markets and deli where they worked, according to U.S. Attorney Patrick H. NeMoyer.Those indicted are:Jose Gonzalez, 51, of Prospect Avenue; employed by Utuado Grocery, 234 Maryland Ave.; three counts.Je…

Nearly 300 persons, ranging from teen-agers to senior citizens, turned out Wednesday for a public hearing on a proposal to toughen the town's curfew on youngsters. Not one spoke in favor of it."The people don't think a curfew is the answer," Supervisor Timothy Horanburg said. "We're going to get together with various agencies during the next week and decide what to do."I…

An agreement was reached Thursday in the financial dispute that threatened the rest of the season for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.The management and musicians agreed to a plan that will shorten the orchestra's season from 46 to 37 weeks and tighten administrative policies in an effort to close a projected $1 million deficit in the $7 million budget."The plan now is…

Waterspouts on Lake Erie provided a spectacular climax to a tempestuous Tuesday that also saw Western New York raked by thundershowers, pelted by hail and buffeted by gusty winds.Several waterspouts were spotted on the lake shortly before sundown, two of them in the vicinity of Buffalo harbor.One hit land and dispersed along the shore between the Buffalo Coast Guard stat…

Erie County is one of six taxing jurisdictions in New York State named in a lawsuit by Conrail challenging property tax increases.The railroad filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Monday in an effort to roll property tax assessments back to 1992 levels.Conrail says it will pay undisputed taxes of about $20 million, while an extra $12…

Amherst Councilwoman Penny F. Zeplowitz Tuesday said she will introduce four resolutions concerning ethics at the Sept. 7 Town Board meeting in the wake of ethics violation charges at last week's session.Certain to stir the most debate is the proposal which asks the chairman of the town's Board of Ethics to resign until after the November election. The chairman, whose nam…

A consultant has given Erie County Medical Center's board of managers a 23-point plan to shape up management of the slumping hospital and make it healthy financially.In a 39-page report, the Hunter Group, a St. Petersburg, Fla., hospital consulting firm, recommended 11 steps to be taken before the end of the year, including a reduction of sick leave and overtime, tightenin…

Developer Frank Parlato Jr. is inviting neighbors of his proposed senior citizens housing park on North Creek Road in the Town of Hamburg to discuss their objections at a meeting next Thursday at 7 p.m. in the former Cliffside Restaurant, 2051 North Creek Road."If there's a real consensus of opinion and they don't want this there, then I'd look for another location," Pa…

Motorola Corp. will spend as much as $1 million to clean up contamination at its former dump site in Cattaraugus County, state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Thomas C. Jorling announced Thursday.Motorola will drill 30 to 50 air injection and extraction wells to force out contaminants from the soil and ground water at the Machias Gravel Pit on Very Road in the To…

Sally McCarthy, a West Seneca woman who made news in May after a Pittsburgh hospital turned her down for a liver transplant because of inadequate insurance, died Friday in Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.Mount Sinai first admitted Mrs. McCarthy, 52, on May 30 after she received coverage through an emergency Medicaid authorization.She was sent home about three weeks l…